Colorado County Approves Permit for AT&T/FirstNet Cell Tower
Friday, November 15, 2019 | Comments

The Archuleta County (Colorado) Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a new AT&T cell tower in the county. The tower will support FirstNet communications.

As part of its application, AT&T requested a variance to the county’s height limitations in the zoned area. Structures in that zone are limited to 40 feet tall, but the proposed tower will be 90-feet tall. AT&T’s application, which was filed by Md7 said that height variance was necessary to fill coverage gaps and be effective for FirstNet operations.

“If AT&T were to build a tower shorter than this, the location of this tower would not be feasible because an additional tower would be needed to reach the intended coverage area,” the application said. “This would not only cause the property owner to lose this prospective income, but it would be needed to reach the intended coverage area.”

The application noted that the county’s land use regulations are intended to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of county residents.

“This tower directly increases the safety of the coverage area because of the communication highway it provides to emergency responders,” said the application. “This is especially critical in times of disaster where many people may be trying to use their cellphones.”

The board approved the permit and variance for the tower unanimously. The tower will be located near the town of Pagosa Springs.

The Pagosa Sun reports that construction on the tower is expected to begin in January or February and finish in March.

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